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Bellavista `Alma Terra` Curtefranca Bianco

Curtefranca, Lombardia

Bellavista

This estate makes Italy’s finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard situated in the western part of the Franciacorta zone in a natural amphitheatre...

The glacial soil is full of stones, and provides the ideal environment for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta.  Bellavista meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Italian was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy’s leading producer of quality sparkling wine. 

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Vineyards

11 of the hectares of vines planted owned by Bellavista within the Franciacorta DOCG and Curtefranca DOC are dedicated to the production of their still wines. The grapes for the Alma Terra come from vines that are at least 20 years old in four distinct vineyards with good exposure and ventilation, enabling the grapes to reach optimum ripeness.

Vintage information

The spring was cool with decent rainfall, the pattern remaining the same until June. From then onwards, drought conditions kicked in lasting until mid September. Bud break took place as usual in most vineyards. The weather during harvest, which began as usual in early September and lasted through to the end of October, was mild. Rain towards the end of harvest meant that a more careful selection of grapes was required. The 2012 wines are well-balanced with notable structure and richness, with higher levels of tartaric acid and a lower pH than usual.

Vinification

The grapes are hand harvested and transported immediately to the winery. After pressing, the must is fermented at 20°C so that the grapes maintain their aromatic compounds. After fermentation, the must is transferred to small oak casks for nine months fining before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow with green reflections. The nose displays a variety of mineral, floral and fruit aromas, with lemon confit and hints of grapefruit. Refined and broad, the palate abounds with hazelnuts and acacia honey. Inviting and fresh, it has an excellent persistent aromatic concentration.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Curtefranca, Lombardia
Winemaker Mattia Vezzola
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%